Name of varietal: Dolcetto
Common synonyms: Beaina, Bignola, Bignonina, Cassolo, Dolcetta, Dolsin, Douce Noir, Nibio, Orneasco, Uva d’Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada, Uva di Roccagrimalda
Parentage of the grape: Indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one of the prized grapes of the Piedmont region in Italy, with evidence that it has been growing there for many centuries. It had been traditionally produced as a light (both in color and weight) table wine. More recently the trend is for bolder versions made from grapes that have been given a longer hang time to amplify their power and ageworthiness, but this also results in raising its alcohol levels. For this reason, Dolcetto can now be found in the traditional light style as well as big concentrated styles. Wines labeled “Superiore” are often a good tip that these are older Read more »

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  • Cantina Clavesana Dogliani Il Clou 2015


    inky on nose; dweet berries with a bit of peppery spice Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2014


    Had this the other day with some Lobster Bisque. Garnet red color with a bit of ... ... Not familiar enough with Dolcettos, but after this one, will seek more ou Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2015


    rather harsh and cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D' Alba 2014


    very fruity an youngish - rather popular with casual drinkers Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • My first ever internet wine purchase arrived today! After a failed signature ... primitivo, barbera, & dolcetto I don't know quite what to expect. 3 bottles of each. Ordered to drink not save. Will let settle first.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by ichudnow

  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D' Alba 2014


    Tart and rich Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... from ... Muscats, Viognier, Dolcetto, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, and more. Taken as a piece the ACORN wines are remarkably balanced, acid rich, food friendly offerings that age well. This vintage of Medley fits that bill to a tee. The nose resembles nothi... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar

  • Glad you guys can appreciate that, though it's not too surprising it's ... on fairly soon).And this $15 Dolcetto is holding well on day 2, having lost some of its energy, but retaining most of it, as if hoped. Will add a couple more if I ca Read More

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  • Top notch Dolcetto with a couole years on it, perfect with a simple marinara pasta dish on a Tuesday night. This has a complex nose of mixed dark berries, earth, and cherry liqueur. The palate is on the slimmer side, with nice medium acidic freshness, and a dusting of slightly bitter tannins. Proof that wine doesn't have to be pricey to be perfe... Read More

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  • the name Dolcetto wants to indicate that it is a grape and a wine without acidity. Dolcetto wine is not sweet, if you do drink a Dolcetto wine sweet or little sweet, is not it Dolcetto

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  • Hi, My name is Antoinette Celle. I am one of the California growers of Dolcetto. My father, Anthony, brought some Dolcetto vines from the Dogliani region of Piemonte, where my mother, Agnese, was born. In 1997, with the help of a friend, I had the cuttings bench-grafted onto American rootstock, and planted onto three acres. Award-winning win...

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